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These chisels are made with the same technique used to make Japanese swords. The blades are fired and pounded repeatedly for sharpness and strength.

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1 These chisels are made with the same technique used to make Japanese swords. The blades are fired and pounded repeatedly for sharpness and strength.

2 Cypress wood (hinoki), typically dried for years “Since this wood is three times older than I am, I treat it carefully, with great respeect” Bidou Yamaguchi

3 Noh carvers do not use the usual verb “horu” meaning to carve; rather we use the verb “utsu” meaning to strike, implying that we enter into the wood as we carve it.

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10 Usually, only the masks of demons require metal eyes.

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12 This whitewash is made from ground and baked seashell (gofun), which is mixed with a glue (nikawa) made from the marrow of animals. Typically deer marrow is used.

13 Pigments are made from various minerals.

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15 Kegaki, or hair painting, is a step where fine brushes are used. Each line is painted in a single stroke. Several hundred strokes are required to suggest the hair of a beard. A mistake here would mean having to go back to the base coat, so much concentration is required.

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18 This is a fresh mask. The final state is the aging (koshoku-zuke). A new mask would not fit with the atmosphere of Noh; a mask must be made to look aged, as if it had been created years ago. Even from the beginning, masks were made to look older. The aging processes are among the most tightly kept secrets of Noh mask carvers.

19 "For me, "mask-making" is not a simple expression of representational art of superficies. It is a task of materializing the "narrative" hidden behind each face.” Bidou Yamaguchi This is the mask after the aging process.


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